re:publica is on
Re:publica has summoned the German blogosphere to the Kalkscheune, just a couple of blocks from my office in Berlin-Mitte. With 700 attendees over three days it appears that a substantial portion came.
Does it make any sense to go to a blog meeting - wouldn’t it be better to stay at home and use the time to read? Certainly not, if I consider today. Many of the aspects of social software (and interactions of people in general) were said before but the discussions put them in a new light.
One noteworthy tidbit from the panel on blog etiquette this afternoon was the notion of blogs as a “pragmatic medium”, one that provokes direct response, uttered by Rainer Kuhlen (UNESCO chair in communications). In contrast, classical journalism as seen in newspapers are not written with the intentions for communication in the other direction. Most scientific works are published with a similar mind set: The discussion is part of manuscript, not contributed by the readers. After something has been published and passed peer review, it is true until retracted or forgotten.
The most common argument for the lack of participation in the scientific blogosphere is lack of incentives but we need to consider that we do not publish to be discussed in the first place.
Hmm. This didn’t read like a truism this morning. Let’s talk about tech instead.
A nice gadget enables everyone to comment on the presentations (or cocktail bars in the vicinity) via SMS. Not that the comments added much to the discussion for most of the time but the level of participation is what I want for any conference.
[Picture by timk75 under CC by-at license]